Abilene

from by Rosa del Duca

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She works overnight at a grocery store
The empty aisles play tricks on her mind
He stops by sometimes, half past five
Heading to his shift on the line

And he brings her wildflowers,
Goes to work to count the hours
And as soon as he sees her again
He’s asking

Would you leave Abilene?
Would you pick up and go
Don’t say no, Maureen

She’s heard those words before
Whispered soft from men in the store
Shouted loud from men on the street
Written on notes pleading to meet

She won’t fall for them again.
But every day he’s there, saying
Come away, the summer’s late
I’ve only got so much time to wait
Would you leave Abilene?
Could you pick up and go
There’s nothing here for you Maureen

The scene plays out, night after night
A week passes, then three then five
One day he comes hours late
Guilt written all over his face

He’s leaving town, can’t wait anymore
Not for the girl, with so guarded a heart
Outside, he shouts his goodbye
I’ll be back, write to me
When you’re ready to leave Abilene
Something takes over, she says
Wait for me

Wait, don’t leave without me
I’ve seen enough of Abilene
Let’s pick up and go, and I’ll follow
your lead

And that was the seed, he said, of me
and your mother Maureen

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from Love Letters, released November 15, 2015

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Rosa del Duca San Leandro, California

Rosa grew up in Montana before moving to California. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she works as a journalist, writes creatively, and makes music both solo and with her folkpop band Hunters.

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